Awarded “Good” – the highest possible assessment – in EPSRC’s 2017 Mid-Term Review 


Up to 20 four-year fully funded PhD studentships per year

Taught Programme in Exeter for Year 1

Research project in Years 2-4 in an internationally-renowned water research centre

Annual residential summer-school, research seminars and social events

Transferable Skills Training


Recent News

Student Blog: Research Visit – Ioanna Stamataki

After attending the 2018 UK-China Workshop on Water Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems, WISE CDT student Ioanna Stamataki visited Tsinghua University and the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) in Beijing. The purpose of this visit was to learn about ongoing hydraulic research both from an academic and a government institute approach […]

2018 UK-China Workshop on Water-Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems

WISE CDT student Ioanna Stamataki was selected as an Early Career Researcher (ECR) to attend the 2018 UK-China Workshop on Water-Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems in Xi’an, China. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, UK and the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China, and […]

9th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics – River Flow 2018

WISE CDT students, Elli Mitrou (Cardiff University) and Ioanna Stamataki (University of Bath) attended the 9th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, River Flow 2018 in Lyon, France. River Flow was a 3-day (5-8 September) international conference focusing on river engineering and fluvial hydraulics with four parallel sessions running every day. This year’s theme was “extreme […]

CIWEM Accreditation

  We are pleased and proud to receive CIWEM accreditation for the WISE CDT programme. This is CIWEM’s first accreditation of a PhD course and covers all our intakes from 2014-15 to 2018-19 inclusive. Areas of good practice highlighted by the accreditation panel include the relationships with and between student cohorts, our industry links and […]

Student Blog: HIC 2018 – Zara Visanji

Congratulations to Cohort 4 student Zara Visanji, who received the HIC 2018 Best Student Paper Award for the theme: hydraulic and hydrological modelling. Her paper was entitled ‘Emerging pollutants in developing countries: optimising sustainable treatment solutions.’ Keep reading to hear about Zara’s experience of HIC 2018: “The HIC conference was the largest I had been […]

Summer School 2018

The fourth annual WISE CDT Summer School took place at the Orchardleigh Estate, just outside Bath from 18th-22nd June. For the first time, students from all four cohorts were present, with the week consisting of student presentations, a water themed “Challenge”, site visits, as well as numerous talks from leading academic and industrial partners. For this year’s “Challenge”, […]

WISE CDT provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in shaping their own research topic. This, coupled with the wide range of skills they will acquire by completing all that the postgraduate school offers, makes them very attractive prospective recruits for the Water industry.

David Evans, Director, Natural Energy Wyre

WISE CDT exemplifies our aim to build a highly skilled workforce with industry partners through doctoral training.

G4 Alliance

Wessex Water is seeing the emergence of skills and knowledge gaps in common with other companies in the water sector…. The WISE CDT helps address these gaps by providing leading interdisciplinary training across the subject areas of water engineering and informatics which are vital for the future of this industry and highly pertinent to our company.

Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Wessex Water

It’s immensely satisfying that WISE students continue to support the economic, environmental and social strategies of business with their cutting edge bespoke research

Professor John Banyard OBE FREng